Smuggest album cover?

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Post, or link to, those album covers that feature the artist wearing an unbearably smug facial expression.

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 10 January 2003 18:31 (seventeen years ago) link

chris de burgh to thread!

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Friday, 10 January 2003 18:34 (seventeen years ago) link

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00004TH6I.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 10 January 2003 18:37 (seventeen years ago) link

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000063T17.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 10 January 2003 18:39 (seventeen years ago) link

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000075Y5B.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 10 January 2003 18:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Alex in NYC is an album cover posting mo-sheen!

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Friday, 10 January 2003 18:44 (seventeen years ago) link

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005Q4JH.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

The proverbial cake-taker, I reckon.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 10 January 2003 18:45 (seventeen years ago) link

If that takes the cake, this at least takes the biscuit:

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Friday, 10 January 2003 19:06 (seventeen years ago) link

You're all wrong:

gi66y, Friday, 10 January 2003 19:11 (seventeen years ago) link

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005QCNW.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

original bgm, Friday, 10 January 2003 19:18 (seventeen years ago) link

gi66y, Friday, 10 January 2003 19:23 (seventeen years ago) link

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005NNMI.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 10 January 2003 19:28 (seventeen years ago) link

I think the Robbie Williams alb is the cake-taker.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 January 2003 19:30 (seventeen years ago) link

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc000/c011/c01185742ps.jpg

I wish I had a bigger picture.

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 10 January 2003 19:30 (seventeen years ago) link

I realize it's a very fine line between "smug" and "utterly ridiculous" -- and I *ADORE* both this album and its cover, but ya gotta admit....it's pretty farkin' smug:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000001EL7.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 10 January 2003 19:32 (seventeen years ago) link

Hard to pick just one by this artist...
http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc900/c917/c91744l4fc5.jpg

Arthur (Arthur), Friday, 10 January 2003 19:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Isn't Phil wearing a mock-earnest expression rather than a smug one? And isn't Nelly wearing a mock-Hard expression rather than a smug one?

I need unadulterated self-satisfaction here!

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 10 January 2003 19:43 (seventeen years ago) link

"unadulterated self-satisfaction", eh? How 'bout dis?

http://www.canoe.com/AlbumCoversB/brooks_g_chrisgaines_160.jpg

nickalicious (nickalicious), Friday, 10 January 2003 19:53 (seventeen years ago) link

This is probably real tiny, but it's the smuggest album cover I can think of...

http://www.luxnet.at/sonic-youth/bmp/rec-268.jpg

Arthur (Arthur), Friday, 10 January 2003 19:59 (seventeen years ago) link

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drd100/d127/d1275294n0b.jpg
C'mon, you just can't get more conceited than that. (Hell, I coulda picked ANY of his albums, but this one is the first one I found.)

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Friday, 10 January 2003 20:54 (seventeen years ago) link

He doesn't look smug in any of those photos.

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Robbie wins, hands down.

kate, Friday, 10 January 2003 22:28 (seventeen years ago) link

hmmm... how would you characterize them then? He may not look smug but he's feeling smug.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Not many of these pics actually strike me as particularly smug -- even if I find the artists smug (hello, Alicia Keys).

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:32 (seventeen years ago) link

He may not look smug but he's feeling smug.

a) What's the difference?
b) How do you know what he's feeling?

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:32 (seventeen years ago) link

a) there is none.
b) I have esp.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I agree with Jody-- we're looking for something on the order of

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drd800/d823/d82325o478c.jpg

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:37 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm learning in researching this vital topic, that there is a thin line between smug and goofy.

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:44 (seventeen years ago) link

that Buster Poindexter cover is like the best thing ever!!

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I think Robbie is ahead in terms of pure smugitude, but Lenny gets points for probably not being aware of just how smug he appears.

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 10 January 2003 22:53 (seventeen years ago) link

I read "smug" as overly self-satisfied and brimming with an oversupply of not necessarily justified self-confidence.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 10 January 2003 23:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Like so.....

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000067O2U.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 10 January 2003 23:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Not to be outdone by....

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000031XCS.01.LZZZZZZZ.gif


Pretty much any album featuring the "upwards from the crotch" shot falls under the "smug" banner, I feel (see Nelly).

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 10 January 2003 23:38 (seventeen years ago) link

And as dead cool as these gents are, they look like some awfully smug motherfuckers (`specially Dave Alexander in the back):

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000005IU1.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 10 January 2003 23:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Robbie Williams seems to be looking ultra-smug on purpose, which is cheating.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 10 January 2003 23:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Robbie Williams seems to be looking ultra-smug on purpose, which is cheating.

Exactly, ditto the Poindexter example. But I guess we're not allowed to guess at intentions.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Friday, 10 January 2003 23:49 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.demon.com/momus/darrylred.gif

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 10 January 2003 23:52 (seventeen years ago) link

that is to say,

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000002UBF.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

lazy.

Dr. Annabel Lies (Michael Kelly), Saturday, 11 January 2003 00:03 (seventeen years ago) link

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000001AMF.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 11 January 2003 01:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Poppy (poppy), Saturday, 11 January 2003 02:42 (seventeen years ago) link

I love this album......but......

http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drf300/f331/f33140o0dkv.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 11 January 2003 02:47 (seventeen years ago) link

but the album should have been called "fuck all y'all"

gareth (gareth), Thursday, 6 February 2003 11:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Robbie Williams must be disqualified because his smug is only on loan from Sean Connery. Come on, it's pomo smug, smug in quotation marks, third hand James Bond. 'Ah, Miss Pussyfeather, I've been expecting you!' He can't even make up his own album title, let alone a truly original, personal, non-ironic facial expression.

Which means... I WIN I WIN!

Momus (Momus), Thursday, 6 February 2003 13:17 (sixteen years ago) link

but thats the best smug of all momus. its not even his own smug, and hes even smug about that!

gareth (gareth), Thursday, 6 February 2003 13:20 (sixteen years ago) link

yeh but we want the best REAL smug

stevem (blueski), Thursday, 6 February 2003 13:26 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
http://prezentacia.ukrbiz.net/kidrock.jpg

latebloomer (latebloomer), Sunday, 16 May 2004 21:55 (fifteen years ago) link

ok then:
http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drd600/d658/d65891jq8sk.jpg

AaronHz (AaronHz), Sunday, 16 May 2004 22:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh easily, the smuggest and arguably BEST album cover ever...

http://www.ashra.com/covers/1761ne3.jpg

donut bitch (donut), Sunday, 16 May 2004 22:13 (fifteen years ago) link

W.O.W.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Sunday, 16 May 2004 22:17 (fifteen years ago) link

(some might argue it's the best album ever, period.. but anyway)

donut bitch (donut), Sunday, 16 May 2004 22:23 (fifteen years ago) link

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000002GW7.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 17 May 2004 02:52 (fifteen years ago) link

More smug Christian rock album covers, please. People who just KNOW they've reserved a seat in heaven.

brian pals (briania), Monday, 17 May 2004 03:00 (fifteen years ago) link

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00004TCLJ.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 17 May 2004 05:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Marvin after making love to the whole of new york, looks justifiably smug...

http://www.marcogiunco.com/dischi/000546.jpg

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Monday, 17 May 2004 09:00 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...
http://blog.nojijizm.jp/64ffe3db.jpg

everything (everything), Friday, 12 January 2007 18:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Can somebody who knows how to post pics please post the cover of Emerson Lake & Palmer's Love Beach. Classic.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Friday, 12 January 2007 18:45 (thirteen years ago) link

most of these don't seem smug at all to me.

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 12 January 2007 18:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Rod and Robbie and JT look like the only smug ones here, most of the rest look glaikit but that's not the same thing.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Friday, 12 January 2007 19:07 (thirteen years ago) link

nice abs!

http://www.ferhiga.com/progre/portadas/elp-lbeach.jpg

hank (hank s), Friday, 12 January 2007 19:09 (thirteen years ago) link

attn ILX: get one working smugometer

Good-Time Slim, Uncle Doobie, and the Great 'Frisco Freak-Out (sixteen sergeants, Friday, 12 January 2007 19:57 (thirteen years ago) link

http://991.com/newgallery/Herbie-Hancock-Secrets-364141.jpg

I wish I could find a picture of the back cover, where Herbie stands with his upper body nude and his hands on his chest, with the same expression on his face.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Saturday, 13 January 2007 13:53 (thirteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Most of these aren't smug at all, Bob Welch one is good tho.

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 01:12 (one year ago) link

ctrl + f "Bee Gees" = 0 matches?

sbahnhof, Sunday, 20 January 2019 02:26 (one year ago) link

revive posts are good but a lot of ppl didn't understand smug in the 2000s apparently

call all destroyer, Sunday, 20 January 2019 02:36 (one year ago) link

Yeah, most musicians don't fall into the trap of looking really smug on an album cover, it's nagl (e.g. self-satisfied and with a cheesy grin). Usually they pick a photo that's 'serious' or just smiling slightly - a music photographer could give plenty of actual insights into that!

sbahnhof, Saturday, 2 February 2019 06:59 (eleven months ago) link

Anyway,

https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0001/562/MI0001562253.jpg

Cliff Richard – 40th Anniversary Complete Volume Five 1983–98: The Smug Years

sbahnhof, Saturday, 2 February 2019 06:59 (eleven months ago) link

"It's Hard to Be Humble" is a joke one, as is the song

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/mYKWch_MNY0/hqdefault.jpg

sbahnhof, Saturday, 2 February 2019 07:00 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

No albums in his day but nevertheless...

http://operetta-research-center.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/71XqaXy2d8L.jpg

Freddie Starr (Hitler in shorts) (Tom D.), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 12:36 (nine months ago) link

... more amused than smug tbf.

Freddie Starr (Hitler in shorts) (Tom D.), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 12:37 (nine months ago) link

i'm amazed that so many img links from 16 years ago still work itt

andrew m., Tuesday, 23 April 2019 14:12 (nine months ago) link

When I was younger I thought that Sting and Annie Lennox always looked smug, middle class, middle aged. so I googled their album covers for this thread. but in every picture they both look so unsure, vulnerable... and young. damn.

thomasintrouble, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 15:16 (nine months ago) link

That’s actually one of the better pics I’ve seen of Billy Joel...

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 02:52 (nine months ago) link

I don't think he looks smug he looks cute

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 02:55 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Buns on the Balcony

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Saturday, 1 June 2019 21:51 (seven months ago) link

seven months pass...

Bono had several names: first, he was "Steinhegvanhuysenolegbangbangbang", then just "Huyseman", followed by "Houseman", "Bon Murray", "Bono Vox of O'Connell Street", and finally just "Bono". "Bono Vox" is an alteration of Bonavox, a Latin phrase which translates to "good voice".

With Bono covers, I had to make a kind of Champions-League system to get it down to 50

note: some qualified via the "Ridiculous" path

https://img.discogs.com/BhF4EIC6wZAKGBNt4QNu_EtT1OM=/fit-in/598x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-1498786-1277492132.jpeg.jpg

https://img.discogs.com/0EQmf9kwXDGIM6UTDTh_ULTIOrU=/fit-in/600x608/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-1503398-1486665201-9241.jpeg.jpg

https://img.discogs.com/soR3biQdHCfKObw1yW0eX7lmxLY=/fit-in/600x609/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-1388881-1433417060-9205.jpeg.jpg

sbahnhof, Friday, 10 January 2020 22:39 (two weeks ago) link

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51nIngtwM4L._SX355_.jpg

This one from above looks like 80s era Mel Gibson thinking about something embarrassing he did in the past.

Evan, Friday, 10 January 2020 23:26 (two weeks ago) link

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/510G84rDbtL.jpg

henry s, Friday, 10 January 2020 23:36 (two weeks ago) link


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